Winter Camping Field Trip - Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)

Field trip: Winter Camping Course - Foothills

Winter Camping Field Trip - Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)


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  • Moderate, M1 Intremediate Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft

8:30am at the Longmire parking lot. We will get the requisite permit and wait for the gate on the road to Paradise to open.

Pay for your park entry fee online:

For this field trip, we will travel with skis.  (Snowshoers, please see our other field trip.)

  • Practice skills discussed in the winter camping lecture, including: 
  • site selection
  • how to set up a winter camp
  • cooking food
  • gathering water
  • ski-specific aspects of winter camping
  • building an emergency snow shelter

In addition to our hands-on learning activities, we will engage in a group activity:  skiing in the Paradise area.


Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment


  • 10 Essentials
  • Skis or split-board for backcountry touring with skins
  • Overnight pack - approximately 50L in capacity
  • Insulated sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag rated for colder temperatures
  • Shovel, probe, beacon
  • your food, snacks for the weekend plus personal items and medications
  • Extra layers and a change of gloves is highly recommended
  • Foam pad to use with shelter

Group Gear


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